There have plenty of half-truths and misconceptions regarding property damage restoration that evolved over the years. If you find yourself in need of cleanup and repair services, you may have a lot of questions about how the process works. Unfortunately, many people believe myths about property damage restoration and they’re not exactly aware of the realities. If a homeowner fails to take quick and appropriate actions because of believing these fallacies, they could end up dealing with more severe damage which could have been avoided. However, a clear insight of the process will allow you to understand what to expect from the professional restoration service providers.
Do It Yourself Restoration is Cheaper than Hiring a Professional
It’s true in some cases if the damage is minor and only involves cleaning with OTC products. Homeowners, however, must be careful. Property damage has its complications and long-term effects. A risk for additional damage is possible in any untreated areas and mishandling a repair can cost more in the end. For example, if water damage from a roof leak is not properly repaired, mold can develop and spread throughout the rest of the property. A certified Restoration Company will help eliminate potential problems and complete the work in a shorter timeframe. Further, the professionals use advanced equipment to ensure that your property is completely safe to inhabit.
Replacing Contents is Cheaper than Restoring Them
Restoration services like mitigation and cleaning contents are more cost-effective than replacing items. However, this varies depending on the situation and sometimes replacement is the only option. For instance, if after a fire disaster, smoke and soot residues were not properly removed from surfaces, the affected contents will need to be replaced. Restoration professionals can effectively remove smoke and soot residues, avoiding a huge amount of replacement on the part of the homeowner. Furthermore, a professional restoration company will and always prioritize mitigation. This process is greatly time-crucial because it prevents further damage and reduces more loss. Delaying the process can complicate the situation and result in permanent damage.
Smoke Odor After a House Fire is Not an Urgent Problem
Stubborn smoke odor is one of the most common examples of the detrimental consequences of a fire. Smoke “odor” is caused by the soot and chemical particles released during the burning process. The longer an area has been exposed to smoke, the more deeply the smoke odor will be embedded into household materials. Not only will it smell bad and compromise the air quality, but there will be significant and long-lasting health hazards for the occupants of the house.
Because smoke and soot residues are much more damaging and acidic than ordinary dirt and dust, prompt cleaning actions are crucial. Removing or neutralizing smoke soot immediately after a fire can reduce losses or prevent valuables from suffering irreversible damage because of the acidic nature of smoke particles. Furthermore, odor removal is more complex than turning on a machine and hoping for a good result. Smoke odor restoration has to be thorough and contaminated areas must be cleaned, neutralized and sealed.
If a Surface Feels Dry, There is No Mold
Dry to the touch doesn’t mean damage has not occurred. Building materials in your home are naturally porous and water can easily seep through them during a disaster. This allows mold to grow quickly inside these building materials. Once this happens, the area that you thought was dry, actually has serious unseen issues.
If the Carpet is Dry, the Home is Dry
This misconception is far from the truth because carpets and pads dry faster than other structural materials of a home. The danger with ineffective drying is that it can turn a small loss from water damage into a multi-thousand dollar mold claim. The drying process can only be considered complete when other structures of your home such as cement floors, ceilings, and walls are fully dry. This is why a thorough, professional drying and dehumidification approach makes sense. Certified Restoration Technicians use advanced sensors and meters to measure moisture levels and determine whether the property is dry.
Reach Out to Xtreme Home Improvement
Dispelling the misconceptions will give you an opportunity to treat the disaster with a clear vision. If you are ever unsure about what to do, consult a trustworthy restoration company like Xtreme Home Improvement. We help educate customers as well as work efficiently and effectively to mitigate the damage and save both time and money. We have well-trained and experienced technicians who use advanced technology and techniques in ensuring your property’s complete and thorough restoration. They continuously stay updated on the latest trends and methods to lower restoration costs and improve time spent during mitigation.
It’s not always possible or advisable to deal with property damage by yourself. When in doubt, always go with the Restoration Professional. It’s the best assurance to make sure the job is done correctly and completely … the first time.